[vcf-midatlantic] Not quite so linked lists (of books)

Dean Notarnicola dean.notarnicola at vcfed.org
Sun Sep 13 19:14:16 EDT 2020


I love Jeff’s selections. I would add “Soul of a New Machine”, a great
recounting of the development of the DG Eclipse.

On Sun, Sep 13, 2020 at 6:44 PM Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Hackers by Steven Levy: It has a good history of hacking in the 60's and
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> 70's
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> Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age by
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> Michael Hiltzik: The history of Xerox Parc which was seminal in many modern
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> computer technologies
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> On The Edge by Brian Bagnell: History of Commodore Computers because I
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> think they had a lot of the best selling computers and MOS with the 6502,
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> etc.
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> Racing the Beam by Ian Bogost and Nick Montfort: About Atari a great game
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> making company. Also shows how hard it was to program games back then.
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> ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer by Scott
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> McCartney. The beginning of programmable, digital, general purpose
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> computers that sparked further development.
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> On Sun, Sep 13, 2020 at 6:35 PM Adam Michlin via vcf-midatlantic <
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> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
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> > Hi Everyone,
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> > I'm embarking on a, hopefully fun, project to create lists of books for
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> > various vintage computer related projects.
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> > The first one is as broad as them come:
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> > What five books would you recommend to someone completely new to the
> hobby?
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> >
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> > Parameters:
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> > Let us assume the people are adults (children's books will be a separate
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> > discussion). Books can be currently published or vintage.. physical or
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> > digital... Let us also assume the readers have a basic understanding of
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> > how to use a standard (say Windows 10 or macOS) computer.
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> > If possible, please include why you think the book should be on the
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> > list. I'll be buying (the ones I do not own) the most (quantity and
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> > quality) recommended books, reading them, compiling my recommendation
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> > for the final list, posting it here for people to tear apart, and then
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> > ultimately posting it publicly in an appropriate space. Please post to
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> > the list so that other people can see your recommendations (and maybe
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> > even find a book they want to buy!).
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> > Oh, and feel free to recommend even just one book. The more information
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> > the merrier!
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> > Thanks!
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> >          -Adam
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> --
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> =========================================
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> Jeff Brace
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> Vice President & Board Member
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> Vintage Computer Festival East Show-runner
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> Vintage Computer Federation is a 501c3 charity
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> jeffrey at vcfed.org
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